Resolution J5968-2013

Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Argyle

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  • Jun 17, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 17, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 13, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Town
of Argyle

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to honor and  commem-
orate  the  proud  and  distinguished histories of the communities which
comprise the noble body of this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Argyle; and
  WHEREAS, The Town of Argyle, comprising about 35,000  acres  of  land,
lies  close  to  the center of Washington County between the Adirondacks
and the Green Mountains of Vermont; the patent  of  Argyle  was  granted
March  13,1764,  and it is one of the first town's founded in Washington
County; and
  WHEREAS, The area that is now Argyle, New York  at  the  time  of  the
town's formation was in Albany County, and later, due to boundary chang-
es,  became  part  of Charlotte County; in 1784, Charlotte County became
known as Washington County; and
  WHEREAS, As the name of the town suggests, most  early  settlers  came
from  Scotland,  and were fleeing religious persecution; the industrious
Scots took advantage of Argyle's natural clay  resources  and  made  the
brick from which they built their homes themselves; and
  WHEREAS, During the past 200 years there have been many changes in all
aspects  of the lives of Argyle's community; despite all of these chang-
es, however, Argyle remains essentially  a  rural  community,  and  many
descendants of the town's original settlers are still living in the town
in some of the grand old homes that grace the area; and
  WHEREAS,  The roads have been modernized to accommodate heavy traffic,
yet there are still no  public  transportation  facilities  nor  traffic
lights;  many  of  the  local  residents travel daily to their places of
employment in other communities, and less than one hour  will  take  its
residents to innumerable sites for shopping and recreation; and
  WHEREAS, Argyle is fortunate to have local employment opportunities in
both  large  and small businesses; The National Catheter Corp., Sherwood
Medical Industries and Sheridan Catheter Corp. all  manufacture  medical
supplies  in  Argyle;  these  companies employ hundreds and are a key to
Argyle's economic base; and
  WHEREAS, Argyle Central School District's 16 schools were  centralized
in  1938,  and  with  the  opening  of  the new addition in 1975, Argyle
Central School now has an enrollment of over 900 students; and
  WHEREAS, The Argyle community is well served by  volunteers  who  work
for the J.A. Bar Hose Co. and the Argyle Emergency Squad, as well as the
Pleasant  Valley  Infirmary;  the  infirmary, established in 1827 as the
County House, is still providing quality health care to the entire coun-
ty; and
  WHEREAS, A long-standing community landmark, the Argyle  Free  Library
is  a  member  of  the  Southern Adirondack Library System, and has been
housed in one of the oldest buildings in Argyle since 1927; and
  WHEREAS, Argyle also houses five churches  that  serve  the  religious
needs  of  the  community's  residents;  the United Presbyterian Church,
United Methodist Church, South Argyle United Presbyterian Church,  North
Argyle Community Church and North Argyle United Presbyterian Church have
strong  congregations within the community, some of which were organized
during the town's infant years; and
  WHEREAS, Today, the  Town  of  Argyle's  population  is  approximately
3,688;  recent  years  have brought an upswing in its population as many

people have found this peaceful, rural community which is still close to
employment and commercial centers quite an attractive place to live; and
  WHEREAS,  Of  historic origin, and remaining fruitful over the ebb and
flow of decades of growth and change, the Town of  Argyle  continues  to
provide the quintessential quality of life for its residents; and
  WHEREAS,  The  residents of Argyle, New York have a bright outlook for
the future of their community, which remains a beautiful place in  which
to live and raise a family; and
  WHEREAS, In recognition of Argyle's rich history and enduring contrib-
ution  to  the  State of New York, this Legislative Body is proud to pay
tribute to this spirited town upon the occasion of  its  250th  Anniver-
sary; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Argyle, recognizing the
significance of the role it continues to play in the life of the  commu-
nity of the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Town of Argyle.

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